Coroner refuses to list Patrick Duffy inquest due to MOD delays

A Coroner examining the death of Patrick Duffy, shot in the back and side 14 times by an undercover army unit on 24th November 1978 at 2 Maureen Avenue, Derry, has told his family that she cannot list the inquest for hearing to complete before the Legacy Act deadline of 1st May 2024.


A Coroner sitting in Omagh has acknowledged today (9 February 2022) that, while many of the Hampson family's questions may go unanswered, their father, Gerard, died as the result of the actions of a third party, or parties, and DID NOT take his own life.

PFC's latest submission to the Committee of Ministers

The Pat Finucane Centre (PFC, Derry/Armagh/Belfast, Northern Ireland) in conjunction with Justice for the Forgotten (JFF, Dublin) wishes to make the following Rule 9 submission to the Committee of Ministers on its supervision of the following cases relating to security force actions in Northern...


KATHLEEN THOMPSON INQUEST POSTPONED UNTIL NEW YEAR The inquest into the death of Kathleen Thompson, due to start tomorrow in Derry, has been postponed until the New Year.

PFC submission to Committee of Ministers re McKerr & ors v UK

Below is the PFC's recent submission to the Committee of Ministers concerning the McKerr group of cases. We have also attached the statement by the Irish Government to the CoM and their response issued today. Copies of other useful documents can be found on the Council of Europe website and the...

Sean Brown Inquest Update/ACC Drew Harris intervention

In May the 26th(!) preliminary hearing took place at the Coroners Court in Belfast into the 1997 murder of GAA official Sean Brown in Bellaghy. No date has been set for a full hearing and it is probable that the inquest will not now take place this year despite repeated attempts by the coroner.

Declassified documents reveal army lobbied Attorney General not to prosecute soldiers

The Director of Public Prosecutions could be asked to reopen hundreds of Troubles-related cases involving killings from the 1970s following the discovery of statements in newly declassified papers which suggest soldiers were allowed to escape prosecution.